An experimental evaluation of transient flows in a supersonic gun tunnel

Al Al Falahi Amir, Mohd Zamri Yusoff, Diyar I. Ahmed

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An experimental study has been performed to investigate transient flows in a supersonic gun tunnel. The experimental work was performed using a short duration high speed flow test facility at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). A physical description of the facility along with the principles of operation is provided. The pressure history of the flow process was captured using a fast response pressure transducer at three stations located at the end of the facility. Experimental measurements of shock strength, peak pressure and shock wave speed change of Air-Air as a driver/driven gas are then presented and compared with a further set of experimental measurements using the gas combination of Helium-Air. The shock wave speed was measured experimentally with a two pressure transducers technique. The results showed that the existence of the piston has a very significant influence on both the moving shock wave and peak pressure value achieved. The results provide a very good estimate for the above-mentioned parameters obtained after diaphragm rupture, and also provide a better understanding of the parameters that affect the performance of the facility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-712
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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